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Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

For all the talk of Stranger Than Fiction's clever Kaufmanisms, the most honest and sincere part of the film is about as clever as fireworks on the 4th of July. Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) sits...

Movie Review posted on 31st January 2007

An Unreasonable Man

An Unreasonable Man

Borrowing its title from a line in George Bernard Shaw's Man or Superman, An Unreasonable Man ponders the most popular pundit of the last few years while quietly pocking the bloated corpses of both parties...

Movie Review posted on 31st January 2007

For Your Consideration

For Your Consideration

Anyone who watched last year's Oscar ceremony surely had to take a deep breath of exhaustion at what became the culmination of a solid decade of congratulating mediocrity. In the last two decades, Hollywood has...

Movie Review posted on 30th January 2007

Turistas

Turistas

A tradesman in the ways of directing half-naked women, director John Stockwell has his hands full in his first foray into the horror genre. Stockwell has spent most of his career constructing exercises in bromidic...

Movie Review posted on 30th January 2007

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles

So, you're a director; a Chinese director, to be exact. You've just hit the peak of your career with a huge box office success (Hero) and a monster critical success (The House of Flying Daggers)....

Movie Review posted on 26th January 2007

Smokin' Aces

Smokin' Aces

A double-decker, monster-man sandwich of a movie with all the condiments dripping off and the tomatoes soaking through the bread, Joe Carnahan's Smokin' Aces grabs you by your lipstick-smudged collar and chucks you headfirst into...

Movie Review posted on 26th January 2007

Seraphim Falls

Seraphim Falls

Director David Von Ancken's first feature after a lengthy stint in television shows his influence and experience without the slightest sense of shading. Out of the gate, Von Ancken found himself at the helm of...

Movie Review posted on 26th January 2007

Tell Them Who You Are

Tell Them Who You Are

Unlike most independent film directors, I have a pretty great relationship with my father. We meet once a week for dinner, we are very open about our work and our relationships, and, maybe most important,...

Movie Review posted on 26th January 2007

Breaking And Entering

Breaking And Entering

Bathed in browns and tans and coursing with pent-up socioeconomic ponderings, Anthony Minghella's gentrification hiccup Breaking and Entering joins a rather terminal genre of films that want to have their cake and eat it too....

Movie Review posted on 23rd January 2007

Little Children

Little Children

Five years after rethinking and remapping the idea of the dramatic thriller in the now-classic In the Bedroom, Todd Field finally swings back into the director's chair with an adaptation of Tom Perrotta's Little Children...

Movie Review posted on 22nd January 2007

Le Petit Lieutenant

Le Petit Lieutenant

Is procedure really that boring? For ages now, the great detectives and police officers of film noirs and action flicks have dreaded the idea of pushing papers, running by procedure and the loathsome task known...

Movie Review posted on 22nd January 2007

Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette

The word "soft" summarizes the world of Sofia Coppola, perfectly. Each film she has made has the tenderness, vagueness and, ultimately, the sensibility of a fluffy, white cloud in the middle of a blue sky....

Movie Review posted on 21st January 2007

Mafioso

Mafioso

Alberto Lattuada's Mafioso has the look and feel of an archived piece of dust-washed stone being hunted by Indiana Jones. Its black-and-white photography (pristine and peerless by any standards) and its leading man, the incomparable...

Movie Review posted on 21st January 2007

Open Season

Open Season

There was a time, not too long ago, when there was one great computer-animated film per year, and that was it. Then, seemingly overnight, there were a dozen computer-animated films every year, and every single...

Movie Review posted on 19th January 2007

Catch A Fire

Catch A Fire

Aesthetically, Catch a Fire looks the same as most of Philip Noyce's recent work. The use of fire and light, often resulting in a very dark red and orange atmosphere, is still here. The political...

Movie Review posted on 19th January 2007

Mafioso

Mafioso

Alberto Lattuada's Mafioso has the look and feel of an archived piece of dust-washed stone being hunted by Indiana Jones. Its black-and-white photography (pristine and peerless by any standards) and its leading man, the incomparable...

Movie Review posted on 18th January 2007

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles

So, you're a director; a Chinese director, to be exact. You've just hit the peak of your career with a huge box office success (Hero) and a monster critical success (The House of Flying Daggers)....

Movie Review posted on 16th January 2007

Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan

Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan has a pretty sunny disposition for what is, ostensibly, a hellhole. In the middle of this dirt patch between Russia and China lies, a man toils to make his life better. He makes his...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Sleeping Dogs Lie

Sleeping Dogs Lie

In rough, loose digital camerawork usually reserved for film school shorts, Melinda Page Hamilton (the nun from Desperate Housewives) stares lovingly, and curiously, at her dog as he rolls around on the floor. Then, without...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Queen

The Queen

In a year already riddled with modern benchmarks in U.S. history, Stephen Frears now enters the deal with a reenactment of a worldwide tragedy: the death of Princess Diana and the subsequent rupture in public...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Joyeux Noël

Joyeux Noël

Whoever was in charge of distribution for Christian Carion's Joyeux Noël should be shamed out of the business. The reason is simple: for a film almost strictly about the Christmas spirit and human connection, there's...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Duma

Duma

The phrase "man's best friend" couldn't be more accurate when it comes to me and my dog. Not only does he greet me at the door when I come home drunk, he also is quite...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Searchers

The Searchers

When Orson Welles was asked by an interviewer who he thought were the top three American directors of all time, he simply said: "John Ford, John Ford, and John Ford." If that wasn't enough, Ingmar...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Who's Camus Anyway?

Who's Camus Anyway?

In my many years of writing about film, I've only really tried to make a movie once. Foreseeing any big changes, that will be the last time I will be trying to become a director....

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Before The Fall

Before The Fall

I am officially done with World War II movies, especially if they center on Nazis. Sick and tired doesn't even begin to tell you where I am at with these movies. There are billions of...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

For all the talk of Stranger Than Fiction's clever Kaufmanisms, the most honest and sincere part of the film is about as clever as fireworks on the 4th of July. Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) sits...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Tears of the Black Tiger

Tears of the Black Tiger

Famously dire and hopeless, the first quarter of any movie year constantly brings about the release of studio waste, pushed releases, and the usual amount of art-house and foreign paraphernalia. Where last year kicked off...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Heart of the Game

The Heart of the Game

What is it about sports that makes us snap to attention? It's been a good 12 years since Steve James went and blew everyone's mind with Hoop Dreams, and we're still obsessed with sports as...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

The Sun

The Sun

How do you like your tyrant? You have so many choices these days that it's hard to figure out what's best. Take Hitler for example. If you want him stone cold and terrifying, go for...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

Bee Season

Bee Season

One of the rarest beasts in the celluloid kingdom is the two-director film. I don't mean films with co-directors; I'm talking about two names under that "directed by" credit. It happened earlier this year with...

Movie Review posted on 15th January 2007

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